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LeBron James Has A Strong Message For His Lakers Teammates

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers dropped below .500 on Saturday night, falling to the New Orleans Pelicans, 128-155. Los Angeles is now more than three games out of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

LeBron James spoke at length about his team's mindset following the Lakers' loss on Saturday night.

The Lakers' star player doesn't know if his teammates have what it takes to make the push needed to make the playoffs.

After all, Los Angeles' young guys have never been there before.

"How many know what's at stake if you've never been there?" James asked Saturday night, per ESPN.

"I'm playing devil's advocate, you know? It's kind of a fine line when you talk about that, because when you've never been there or know what it takes to actually shoot for something like that, sometimes you're afraid to get uncomfortable.

"So you got to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. So I'm not saying that's what we are as a whole. It kind of looks that way at times, that sometimes we're afraid to be uncomfortable and kind of get out of our comfort zone and kind of, you know, have that sense of urgency from the jump, and not be afraid to actually go out and fail to succeed. So I mean, we have, what -- 23 games left? We'll see what happens."

The Lakers don't have a ton of time to start figuring things out.

Los Angeles is set to take on the Grizzlies in Memphis on Monday.